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A court may recharacterize a creditor’s debt claim as an equity interest. This recharacterization often has a significant impact on creditor claims.

If a customer files bankruptcy, vendors (trade creditors) should consider administrative priority, critical vendor status, and avoidance actions.

The absolute priority rule dictates which unsecured creditors receive priority for their claims. But is it always absolute?

Lender-on-lender violence has been noted more in recent news, and have been increasingly used in out-of-court restructurings in recent years including during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although commonly used interchangeably, recharacterization and equitable subordination have different purposes and effects on order of priority of claims.

A Series on the ABCs of ABCs, when it comes to claims there’s a plethora of them. From secured, to unsecured, to bankruptcy, and trade. Read all the basics in this installment of Dealing with Corporate Distress. This Installment expands on the complexity of claims and claim priority in bankruptcy.

The Jevic case upheld the absolute priority rule, but it did not prohibit structured dismissals. How are structured dismissals affected post-Jevic?

Creative Destruction and an Inevitable Fall: What Can We Learn From the Penthouse Magazine Bankruptcy? Penthouse International, publisher of Penthouse Magazine, sold for $11.2 million in June of 2018. The company was worth about $700 million (adjusted for inflation) at its height. The latest Penthouse Magazine bankruptcy highlights just how far Penthouse has fallen, and what lessons can be learned regarding bankruptcy in general. The New Owner The buyer was WGCZ, which also owns XVideos.com and Bangbros.com. XVideos, in turn, functions as an aggregator (just as YouTube is an aggregator […]

Two Decisions that Clarify “Receipt” of Goods in Administrative Expense Claims   Section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code1 allows a creditor an administrative expense claim (i.e., a claim with payment priority over other pre-bankruptcy claims) for the value of goods that the debtor “received” within 20 days before filing for bankruptcy. But what precisely does “received” mean in this context?  Suppose the parties agree that shipments will be free on board (“FOB”) at the origin, or the shipping point. Then, the buyer files for bankruptcy. Does the seller have an […]

This series was started with a broad overview of business bankruptcy, but our last few installments have focused on: unsecured creditors the priority scheme in bankruptcy protecting/collecting your claim In this installment, we draw on our discussion of the priority scheme, with a special focus on super and residual priorities. As previously discussed, not all claims are treated the same.  At its foundation, claims can be divided into two general buckets—secured and unsecured.  If there is collateral securing the claim, it is secured.  If not, it’s unsecured.  However, Congress decided […]